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As much as I hate moustaches and beards and any combination thereof – I’m a dedicated Mo Sista, and I hope many of you will become my Mo Bros this Movembe3r!

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In case you need some inspiration: Norrington managed to rock the Scruffington-look, so can you!


Don’t forget to shave it all off again come December… :-P

I’m supporting Movember for my dad who beat cancer, and for H.R., who’s in the middle of his fight.



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Just when you thought it wouldn’t happen, I settled in front of the laptop with a bowl of dog biscuits and updated Good Boy, Sparky. Yes, we’re up-to-date again, with all shows listed and galleries online (even the one for Mother’s Milk!)

Did you know that Good Boy, Sparky consists of 101 individual pages? It’s no surprise my paws are smoking.

Talking about smoking…


By the way:


Yes, Good Boy, Sparky! is now five years old! If we were kids, we’d have to go to school now, but luckily we’re dogs, so Gove can go and suck a lemon (that’s an insider bit for UK readers). Anyway, this calls for a big celebration, and what could be more fun than help somebody in need? That’s why we teamed up with the webgnomes over at Unofficial Damian O’Hare (who had their big birthday last year and who kindly host Good Boy, Sparky! free of charge and only very mild occasional snarking) to drum up funds for our new charity of choice :


Up to 700,000 children arrive at school too hungry to learn every day. Magic Breakfast works with primary schools across the UK with the aim to make sure every child has access to the right fuel for learning to reach their full potential. Go to www.magicbreakfast.com for more details.


The link goes to our shared Just Giving page. If you have a spare quid or two, please consider donating (they also accept other currencies!) – thanks so much in advance for your support of this important cause. Here’s to the next five years!



(We continue to support charity Hero Rat privately, by the way, so no worries, they won’t lose out on anything).

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Cash before Smash, though: we’re very happy to inform you that our contribution to the help_japan auction on Livejournal (you could bid on a “Little Box O’Switzerland”) raised an amazing $ 150.00 for Doctors Without Borders! Woohoo and woof for the generous donour!

*wild applause*

The Facebook-poll has come to an end, and 59.09% of our readers decided that Goodboy, Sparky! doesn’t need to be on Facebook.  Thanks a lot for your participation; we’ll happily stay away from FB.

And now once again for something completely different: filming for “Smash” is well on the way, and we finally get to see pictures of Jack Davenport. And not only is he looking rather dashing, if I may say so, no, he’s also in the excellent company of Anjelica Huston.

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More on WireImages.

We always knew he was smashin' - Jack Davenport in "Smash"

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There’s a time for words, and there’s a time for action. Looking at the devastation caused by the earthquake and tsunami in Japan, now’s the time for the latter.

Fans have proved to be very generous people in the past; the help_haiti auction alone raised close to 115’000 dollars. help_japan has just started, and already there are hundreds, if not thousands of auctions you can bid on. “Payment” if you win an auction will be made in form of a direct donation to a charity (Red Cross, Doctors without Borders, ShelterBox etc.), so whatever you donate, it will go directly to the charity in question.

We’re only dogs, but we’d like to contribute our share as well, and so we’re put something up for you to bid on as well.

Just click the link below to have a look at the offer or make a bid:

Chocolate, cookies, cards, pictures, souvenirs, fun stuff and just anything you could be interested in.

If you have questions, please have a look at help_japan’s FAQ.

Please spread the word, and thank you in advance for your support. We don’t have the slightest doubt that the people of Japan will rebuild their country in time, but right now, they can do with a little help from their friends.

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We’ll get to Jack Davenport’s whereabouts in a minute, but let me introduce a friend of mine first:

Frank the Poodle!

As you can tell, Frank’s a bad role model. Frank doesn’t care, though. Nor do I. So please, no emails about the dangers of smoking again, cheers. He’s not particularly interested in Jack Davenport (ok, let’s be honest, he had no idea who Jack Davenport is), supports the worst football team on this planet and there’s not one TV show we both like. But still, Frank’s a great mate and offered to jump in to help me out with “Good Boy, Sparky!”, and here’s why:

The recent lack of updates was partially due to Jack Davenport working on whatever he’s working that I don’t know of (and therefore can’t tell you anything about – does that make any sense?) and partially because I’ve been and still am a bit under the weather. Unfortunately, that won’t change any time soon, but I didn’t want to give up the website. I’m very happy that Frank offered to maintain the website for me; he’ll start updating the galleries next week. I’ll still be around though, no worries.

Cheers, Frank! Woof!

And now for the all-important question:


Well, there was the becoming-a-parent-bit. Kids keep one busy. And awake. And you have no idea how much cleaning-work is involved after feeding children pea soup or puréed spinach. So it’s  not unreasonable to assume he’s spent more time with the family.

There is no information about the movie project in France that Jack mentioned a while ago. Internet rumours claim that he’s actually been hidden away on the set of “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides” instead and will have a cameo as a zombie-Norrington (Zombington?)  in the movie. I won’t deny that miracles can happen – after all, Damian O’Hare as Lt. Gillette will return as well (huzzah!) – but so far, there’s not one person, picture or source out there to confirm that anything about that rumour is true.

DEATH KNIGHT LOVE STORY is still in the works.

According to some users of Spotify, Jack Davenport is doing a voice-over for Alfa Romeo. That’s very nice, but I’ll stick to public transport.

If you’d like to enjoy Jack’s voice without added that special car-salesman-touch, I recommend you’ll listen to his latest audio book:

SUM: Tales from the Afterlife
by David Eagleman
(various episodes)

Or, if you prefer radio: BBC4 will repeat

by Haruki Murakami
read by Jack Davenport

tomorrow, 0.30am.

As for new releases:

FLASH FORWARD is now available on DVD!

And if you live in the UK, here’s some excellent news for you:


Starting on 7th September, 10.35pm, ITV1 will show all episodes of the series. Better late than never, eh?

What else… oh, yes. Jack Davenport and Michelle Gomez were guests at the wedding of Anna Paquin (whom I like a lot) and Steven Moyer (he worked with Jack in “Ultraviolet”). As far as I know, nobody was bitten. All the best to the newlyweds!

And last but not least – and not completely unrelated to weddings! – I have news from Ziko, the HeroRat sponsored by “Good Boy, Sparky!”:

“First, Mrs. Ziko and I are happy to announce the safe arrival of three new babies!  Can you imagine?! Triplets! (Truth be told, that’s pretty normal for us Giant African Pouched Rats, but its totally new to me!) The three of them are healthy and active little buggers always squirming around and begging for more milk!  Of course, we have already picked out their future professions: HeroRATs!”

Mrs. Ziko is a very busy new mum!

Three little HeroRattlings!

If you’d like to support the important work of HeroRats and/or learn more about the way they help clearing landmines and detecting contaminated water, please click on the “HeroRats” button in the navigation bar. Cheers!

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I wish all of you and your loved ones a Merry Christmas, a blessed Yuletide and a peaceful, healthy New Year with many memorable moments and lots of laughter (and at least 17 seasons of “Flash Forward” for the dedicated fans of Jack Davenport!)

It wasn’t easy to convince Sparky to pose for a picture, but the prospect of a Sirloin steak did the job:

And because Christmas and Yule are actually more about giving than receiving, why not make a donation to my charity of choice these holidays?

Usual disclaimer: this is the charity of choice of the webmaster.


We live in a society that’s surrounding children either with paranoid overcaution or hostility born out of fear. We’re all quick to lament neglected children, but drag our feet when it comes to prevent or stop neglect and abuse. That goes for the government, but also for each of us personally. Because we are the relatives and neighbours who should notice.

If parents, for whatever reasons, neglect their children, we have to take action – before the next “WHY?” headline in the tabloids. As long as we ignore the problem, neglect will happen. So please – don’t look away. Thank you.


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Michelle Gomez and Jack Davenport are among those people who use their popularity for more than just getting goody bags in VIP lounges. I don’t wear hats, but I take my cap off and salute them for their efforts. Along with many others, they try and raise awareness for the various types of hepatitis, one of the “forgotten” illnesses in our society. Or maybe “ignored” would be a better word.

19 May has been declared

World Hepatitis Day,

and in connection with this event, I have some links for you.

Raquel Jose is hanging out with Michelle Gomez and Jack Davenport. By the way, ‘Am I number 12?’ because one in twelve people has hepatitis.


Michelle Gomez, Frank the dog, Jack Davenport and Raquel Jose. Picture pilfered from the World Hepatitis Alliance.

There are also two  videos up on youtube in which both Michelle and Jack talk about the cause:

Michelle Gomez and Alan McGee:

Not related in any way to this campaign, but Frank the dog looks neat. Sparky approves (but then Sparky would approve of every animal that’s not a cat…)

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